Aboriginal Freehold Land
Faculty of Science and Engineering
Public Lecture Series Invitation
Land use development on Aboriginal freehold land:
traditional owners need not (cannot) apply.
By: Marilyn Wallace, Rowan Shee, and Dr Sharon Harwood.
Date: Thursday 12th July 2012
Time: 5.30pm for wine and cheese, lecture starts at 6.00pm.
Place: Crowther Lecture Theatre, James Cook University, Cairns.
Please register online at https://alumni.jcu.edu.au/FSECns2012
or RSVP Sue Kelly by Tuesday 10th July on 4042 1456 or
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In this lecture we will provide three different perspectives of how the planning system influences development on Indigenous owned land. Marilyn Wallace the CEO of Bana Yarralji Bubu Inc. will talk of her experiences with the planning and development system and how this has affected the realisation of her people's needs and aspirations to get back on country and participate in the local economy. Rowan Shee the Planning and Development Officer with Jabalbina Yalanji Aboriginal Corp. will talk about the planning issues that the Eastern Yalanji people have encountered as they navigate through the planning and development system. Sharon Harwood, lecturer and practicing planner, will provide an overview of the principles of land use planning and why we need an entirely new approach to planning for development across northern Australia.
Marilyn is an Eastern Yalanji native titleholder who is knowledgeable in the local Aboriginal lore and language of her country (Nyungkal country) in the Northern Wet Tropics World Heritage Area. Marilyn is also a woman with a vision of seeing her lore restored to country, her language spoken on country, and her extended families living and making living on Eastern Yalanji Aboriginal freehold lands extending up the Annan River. She currently works as the executive officer of a cultural enterprise – Bana Yarralji Bulka – that has overseen the establishing of an Aboriginal ranger service and the building of an Aboriginal ranger base on Eastern Yalanji Aboriginal freehold lands in the Annan catchment.
Rowan worked in regional and urban planning, camping tour driving, English teaching, youth work, vegetation mapping and protected areas planning before coming to Jabalbina. He is currently helping establish the Eastern Kuku Yalanji Indigenous Protected Area, and working on a range of Land Trust and Native Title Body projects including running NRM projects and development applications for Eastern Yalanji people moving back to Country.
Dr Sharon Harwood
Sharon is a qualified urban and regional planner, practicing social impact assessment consultant and community planner and currently lectures in Planning at James Cook University. Sharon's planning experience in remote areas coupled with the research outcomes from her PhD in West Papua has led her to believe that urban planning theory and practice is unsuitable for application in non-urban settings. Subsequent to establishing this in her PhD, her primary research interest is now centred upon how remote communities plan for change and how this in turn may inform planning theory and improve planning practices undertaken in remote locales.